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We are in the midst of a global public health crisis and it is touching all of us. Everyone is affected and everyone is involved. It’s a crisis for all humanity. And that’s why Hyundai Motor is actively joining the global effort to combat the virus. This is not just our choice. It’s our responsibility.
Healthcare professionals, frontline workers, and volunteers. Our huge gratitude goes out to them whose selfless work is instrumental in fighting the deadly virus. We stand in solidarity with these heroes and believe that we will move through this together. And we care about their health because they are the most important people in combatting COVID-19.
For this reason, Hyundai is offering fleet cars to transport medics to and from hospitals across the world to ensure their protection, safety, and comfort.
There is an unspoken but very real fear of the risk of exposure to the disease that we face day in and day out. I depend on public transport to get to work, so it’s reassuring to know that traveling to and from work is as safe as it can be in a sterilized car provided by Hyundai. - Denise Martins dos Santos, a nursing assistant at Public Health Clinic Amélia Leite, Brazil.
Our hearts also go out to all the isolated patients and their families affected by the pandemic. The fatal virus not only affects their physical health, but it also affects their mental health as well as daily lives. For us, all of their concerns matter and are worthy of our attention. Because they are us. We are offering direct aid the communities need most: donation, medical equipment, and personal protection equipment, as well as a fleet of vehicles to volunteers who provide support to those in need of support.
Maddy Darley, a UK volunteer, is part of the emergency 4x4 response team delivering food packages, medications, and essentials to those who are shielding or at risk.
Our Efforts around the World
As of April 9, we have taken the following measures in response to the crisis. We will consistently deliver help to mitigate the crisis until the virus has finally passed. We are offering support on both global and local levels.
Volunteers and healthcare workers in Spain
Supported by #YoCedoMiCoche campaign in Spain
People’s safety is paramount to us and we are making it possible for employees to work from home, under the government guidelines. We are also providing disinfection of buildings and providing sanitization items where available. For our customers, we have rolled out the ‘Hyundai C A R E’ warranty extension program and have created a digital showroom and provide online booking wherever possible.
Recently we released two digital films - #ThisIsUs - to raise spirits and celebrate the courage, resilience and caring acts of people around the world in response to the crisis. The film is available to watch here.
In China, we have delivered emergency supplies and aid to various medical facilities in the worst affected areas. In Korea, we have provided our training centers to be used as makeshift treatment facilities and hospitals.
On a wider level, we are offering free car disinfection services to all car owners, regardless of the brand. In our support for the mobility industry in these uncertain financial times, we have sped up payments to small and medium suppliers.
Finally, in India, we have donated test kits imported from Korea, given financial aid to the Public Relief Fund, and supplied ventilators in partnership with local vendors.
In Brazil, we have launched the Hyundai Solidarity Transport program, offering free transportation for the elderly and healthcare professionals. We are also providing cars and supplies to medical teams as well as 3D printing acrylic masks to support the city of Piracicaba.
Across the United States, we have re-launched the Hyundai Assurance Job Loss Protection program to help those financially affected by the virus. We have also created a ‘Hyundai Hope on Wheels’ fund for children’s hospitals to support drive-thru testing across the U.S. Finally, in Canada, we are helping the youth affected by the virus by donating to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Emergency Relief Fund.
Consultant in Brazil
Across Europe, we have been providing fleets of vehicles to those in need to safely transport them as well as protect others. These vehicles are deployed in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Spain to assist hospitals and healthcare facilities.
In the UK our fleets are being given to volunteers and self-isolating customers. In France and the Czech, we are giving respirators and financial aid to governments as well as communities. In many countries, including Russia, Slovakia, the U.K we are now using our social media accounts to deliver important health and safety messaging to the public.
Volunteer in the UK